The Mormon Third Eye rarely recommends movie messages because, with few exceptions, it sees so little of the redeeming values that a medium as powerful as the cinema should promote. Disney’s latest offering however, entitled “Brave,” deserves another look because it sees the concept of “bravery” as the Mormon Third Eye views it: summoning the courage to leave your comfort zone and truly, selflessly listen to others around you.
“Brave” pretends to seduce viewers into accepting a traditional definition of bravery with several interwoven plot lines about proud, strong men fighting for honor and family. The token heroes battle evil in the form of dark, monstrous bears that threaten life and limb. They slay beasts to protect their families. Pretty brave, right? Not likely. The real tale of bravery involves a strong-willed teenage girl who is brave enough to swallow her pride and mend a broken relationship with an equally stubborn but well-intentioned mother. I’m not ashamed to say that the message of this movie brought me to tears, but I’m not going to say why; I have my reasons.
From this perspective stirring stories of real bravery buried beneath various verses of the Book of Mormon rise to prominence. Instead Captain Moroni leading battles against bloodthirsty Lamanites, you have one of King Noah’s wicked priests, Alma, listening to Abinadi’s gospel preaching with a soft heart. Instead of General Teancum slaying Lamanite generals, there is King Lamoni’s father, who, after listening to Aaron’s persuasive account of the Plan of Redemption, responds with “O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day.” Nephi showed more bravery listening to the Spirit directing him kill Laban and build a ship than he did battling his bad brothers.
I highly recommend this new view of bravery. Try humbly listening to others and see what happens.